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Cat Stress.

Cats view many things as stressful that their owners may not even consider. Reducing your cat's stress often results in a happier healthier and better-adjusted pet. First, cats are sensitive to some things that people think of as simply an everyday part of life. Noise is one of these things. Common traffic sounds, a loud radio, or television, may be getting on your cat's nerves. Cats have sensitive hearing and these noises can be much more than just an irritation. Providing your cat a quiet spot may also be providing your cat with considerable comfort. Cats also have an acute sense of smell making perfumes and colognes highly irritating. Finally cats are territorial and are sensitive to having their own personal space. If you have multiple pets an intrusion on your cat's space can lead to stress. Giving your cat his own area can often reduce this stress. Keep an eye for other pets intruding on this space, or bigger pets bullying a smaller cat. Also, people placing items in a cat's space can be stressful to some cats even when intentions are good.

How you treat your cat can have a dramatic effect stress. As with all pets, cats need to have attention. While cats generally don't require as much attention as dogs, patting and playing with your cat every day helps keep them happy and feeling secure. Punishing or yelling at your cat can also cause stress. While it's normal to correct bad behavior, often yelling and particularly physical punishment is not seen as correction by cats, but simply as scary. Consider if you saw someone ten times your size, angry and approaching you. Cats can't always make the same connection between action and consequences that you do. Being consistent and kind in your treatment leads to a well-adjusted cat.

Another stressor for most anyone including cats is poor health. Stress can help bring about poor health, and poor health can bring about stress. Obviously, if your cat appears to be sick have a veterinarian check him out. Finally, look for possible signs of stress. It's common for cats to act out when experiencing stress. The most extreme cases tend to be if a cat has been physically threatened. For instance, having an encounter with a wild animal or an aggressive dog. After the event a cat may attack its owner out of fear. Other signs of stress, usually of a lesser degree include acting out such as not using the litter box properly. Compulsive licking, grooming, or pulling out fur, as well as pacing or a lack of appetite are also a sign of stress. Reducing your cat's stress level can help both you and your cat. You are likely to experience less behavior and health problems when your cat is content, making life better for you and your cat.


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